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Harold McDonald
1934 - 2014

Harold McDonald passed away Monday, May 5, at Austin Hospice.

Harold was born on Aug. 9, 1934, to Ernest and Susie McDonald. He grew up in Iowa Park, where he graduated from high school and was voted most handsome of his class, Senior Class President and president of Future Farmers of America. He enjoyed raising pigs while in high school. After graduation, Harold enrolled at the University of North Texas and obtained a B.A. in Industrial Arts in 1955, with a teaching certificate. He was drafted into the U.S Army and served from 1957 to 1959. He and Barbara Spangler were married Sept. 17, 1955, She preceded him in death in Dec. of 2004. They moved to Alice, in 1959 where he began working for Tretolite and was a Regional Sales Manager in Midland. He retired from Tretolite in 1994, after 39 years with the company. He continued working for Pride Well Service and Key Energy until 2005. After he retired in 2005, he moved to Austin and started a glove business selling gloves to Dentists and Tattoo Artists. Harold started the glove business from scratch and built it up to over 25 customers.

In 2005, Harold renewed an old friendship with Barbara McNeely. They were together 9 years. In his spare time, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved shooting sporting clays and playing tennis and skiing with family in Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Susie McDonald and his wife Barbara S.

Survivors include his partner Barbara McNeely; two sons, Eric McDonald of Austin and Blake McDonald of Flower Mound; a brother Jim McDonald of Corsicana; a sister Dan Davis of Bedford; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Weed-Corley-Fish Event Center Thursday, May 15, with Rev. Bette Burris, officiating.

Burial was held at Resthaven Cemetery in Midland on Saturday with Rev. Walter Thompson officiating.

The family suggest memorials be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and Hospice of Austin.


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